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‘We have a good story to tell’

THOMAS LUND, Chief Operations Officer of the Badminton World Federation and former Danish international, in an exclusive chat with DEV S SUKUMAR on the sidelines of the Malaysia Open Super Series Continue reading

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‘It’s all about preparation’: Gopi

After his protégé Saina Nehwal had won her second Super Series title, coach PULLELA GOPICHAND tells DEV S SUKUMAR that all the hard work has paid off
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Peter Gade: ‘It still hurts when I lose’

Peter Gade talks to Dev S Sukumar about the evolution of badminton, and his own decade-long career Continue reading

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Adrian Christy: ‘We’re looking forward to the Commonwealth’

Badminton England CEO Adrian Christy talks to Dev S Sukumar on the approach to forthcoming tournaments, including the Commonwealth, and the London Olympics Continue reading

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‘There are going to be bumps in the road’

There has been a buzz around KENNETH JONASSEN accepting Badminton England’s offer of chief coach. The former top-ten Dane, who retired in 2007 and has been coaching since then, is highly regarded in the circuit. On the sidelines of the recently-concluded All England, Jonassen talks about his vision for the England squad Continue reading

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Diju: It’s all about confidence

No Indian pair in history has reached the heights that Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta scaled during their dream year of 2009. Beginning the year ranked 38, the duo rocketed to No.7 on the back of some sensational results, including the defeat of world champions Nova Widianto/ Lilyana Natsir at the Korea Open Super Series. Most memorably, they ended the year on a high, returning with a silver at the season-ending World Super Series Masters Finals. Dev S Sukumar travelled to Diju’s hometown of Calicut and caught up with the affable Diju as he enjoyed a brief lull before another hectic season: Continue reading

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No plans to retire: Li Yongbo

Few figures evoke as much awe and fear as Chinese head coach LI YONGBO. A former world champion doubles player, Yongbo directs a team that has no real competition. Usually considered standoffish, he was in good humour right through the World Badminton Championships last week at Hyderabad. By Dev S Sukumar catches up with him for a conversation, interpreted by Jan Lin. Continue reading

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